Time-smart ways busy teens can continue social activism during the school year
(BPT) - When kids head back to school, it’s easy to get swept away with schoolwork, extra-curricular activities and socializing – and forget the issues that teens are passionate about when they have more time. Parents who want to encourage their child’s social awareness need to step in and help teens find ways to remain active in the issues they care about.
Activism benefits teens on many levels – from teaching them how to work as part of a large team toward a greater goal, to helping them learn skills that they can apply to their future careers. Just one hour of volunteering a week makes student activists 50 percent less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior, according to VolunteerGuide.org, the website of Charity Guide. What’s more, kids who volunteer as teens are more likely to volunteer as adults, the site notes.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult for parents to find creative, powerful ways to help time-pressed teens stay socially active throughout the school year.